MKMMA Week 16 – Life is Growth, and Growth is Change

I’ve had to clear the way for a new life. It’s very much like cleaning out a closet.

I’ve had to toss out many things that were no longer serving a purpose in my life. Things that were in the way have also had to go.

More importantly, I’ve had to decide what things need to stay.

Like Mark keeps sayin’, and he is totally right; there is a point that is the point of no return. Even with subby fighting, I’ve reached a certain point and cannot go back. Life as I used to know it just doesn’t exist any more.


It’s very hard to explain this journey to someone who is not travelling it with me. I know that you, my fellow MKMMAers, know exactly what I mean. Every step is something new. We are earning this!

Haanel says, “Premature wealth is but the forerunner of humiliation and disaster, because we cannot permanently retain anything which we do not merit or which we have not earned.”

I knew I had to change, and I knew I had to work for it. My problem is, in the beginning of this MKMMA journey I had no focus on things that needed to change vs. things that needed no change. Without focus of where I wanted to go and what I wanted to accomplish, I was trying to change things unique to me, that helped define who I am.

I was trying to change these things because others wanted me to change them. What good was that going to do me??????

(Insert Homer Simpson noise here)


I could give you a million examples of things I was trying to change that didn’t need change, but I won’t. I’ll be kind and keep it simple: Getting up early.

My entire life I have had a problem with getting up early.

Heck. Who am I fooling. Regardless of the time I get up, I don’t even wake up until about 10 or 11. Doesn’t matter when I get up. I have always had a huge problem with being “not a morning person” and I’ve fought it my entire life and wanted to change it.

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve entertained the thought of moving to Hawaii, not because of the island beauty or my love of snorkeling. I covet their time zone. That is my reason.

My life is full of morning people, and I so admire them. They have their morning coffee, and morning hikes, and morning classes, and morning travel times, and morning fishing times, and morning job report times, and morning meetings, and morning yoga classes and morning marathon start times and even morning turkey stuffing times.

When I have a list of morning things in my life, what goes through my head is this: “Why even bother going to bed?”

My mom tells me my internal clock was a constant battle when I was young. She fought hard for me so I could attend afternoon kindergarten. If only other required-by-society things could be that flexible.

Living by the compass and not the clock has been one of the greatest blessings and largest steps forward for me toward chipping away all the cement thrown on me by the requirements of society.

I want to toss aside things that hinder my ability to realize my DMP, not wither my individuality. This journey is helping.

“Everything that lives has periods of birth, growth, fruitage, and decline.” ~ Haanel




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smoulesmkmma - January 25, 2016

As a shift worker i have trouble with mornings too. I find as with exercise it is usually the one exercise we avoid that is the best for us. So maybe morning’s could be the best thing for you.

Monica F Power - January 25, 2016

Thanks for sharing your GROWTH experience.

masterkeybillj - January 25, 2016

I heard this quote once, “The only thing good about the morning is that it’s over by the afternoon”!! I used to not be a morning person, but now I am – maybe it’s old age? But I think having a dmp to get to work on helps. Thanks for sharing your honest thoughts. And I love the Maslow quote.

wesmasterkey - January 27, 2016

Wake me up before you go go… follow your bliss it’s the only time that matters.

robertmasterkey - January 27, 2016

I now get up and give thanks for another day. No matter what time it is. Sounds like your having an amazing journey…!

The Bruce - January 27, 2016

thanks for sharing

kathysasso211 - January 29, 2016

Great post. As a morning person, the only thing that I struggle with is getting up, but I love the morning.
I liked the read.

masterkeybritta - January 31, 2016

I am not so good and fit early mornings too, but I can easily go till 2 am. I tis the schedule I keep going back to whenever I don’t “have” to get up. Maybe good to accept biology and find a reasonable way to live with it? I do it this way: Society is not quite compatible with night owls, so no use going to bed at 2 and getting up at 10. My compromise is midnight. I set an alarm clock in the evening and aim for 11:30 pm/midnight so I can get enough sleep to get up at 7 on the days I have to leave and 7:30 on the other days. Feels very early for me. However the normal people are good up between 7 and eight. early birds at 6 or 5 and night owls later . (there are 5-10% night owls and early morning persons by the way). I worked in sleep research for a short time ;-). Here are two links I found helpful

    remarkablehealth - February 1, 2016

    Very interesting! Thank you for that!

    remarkablehealth - February 18, 2016

    An alarm clock in the evening to tell me when to start winding down is brilliant! Thank you so much for sharing.
    Between you and me, night owls rock!

rosstmasterkey - February 6, 2016

Who knows when you put it to rest what may happen! Hey what were you doing up at 5:50 am on feb1 Hmm?

    remarkablehealth - February 14, 2016

    I know!! Surprise, surprise! Maybe I’m finally starting to embrace each day with love. 🙂

masterkeyday - February 9, 2016

Holding on to you … the REAL you, that’s the bliss. I literally laughed out loud reading your blog. It just brought me Happiness! I hadn’t realized all the things I was also overlooking because they were things I really DO want vs. all the things I’m pitching because I know I don’t want them. Hmmmm, I can pull out the magnifying glass on THOSE and REALLY soar. Thanks so much for this post!!

MKMMAwendyht - February 11, 2016

Brava!! Good for you for knowing yourself so well. I wish you great joy on the journey of your DMP. Yours in Gratitude, Light & Love, Peace & Joy wendyht


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